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Purely Functional Data Structures by [Okasaki, Chris]
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"This book is important because it presents data structures from the point of view of functional languages...a handy reference for professional functional programmers...Most of the programs can easily be adapted to other functional languages. Even C and Java programmers should find implementing these data structures a relatively straightforward process...Programs are physically well structured and readable, and are displayed in boxes. Okasaki has produced a valuable book about functional programming, exploring a wide range of data structures...a significant contribution to the computer science literature." Computing Reviews

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Most books on data structures assume an imperative language. However, their data structures do not translate well to functional languages. This book describes data structures and data structure design techniques from the point of view of functional languages. It is a reference for functional programmers and a text for self-study.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15836 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (13 April 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AKE1V04
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #270,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is one of the very best computer science books I have ever read, and one that I find myself amazed by every time I pick it up. Better yet, he includes code for all his data structures in (almost) standard ML and (in an appendix) in haskell. He presents the (often arcane) material well and the gradual revelation of the concepts means that reading it I was continually amazed by the new dimensions he could add to familiar datastructures such as lists and trees.

Very deep and highly recommended for the serious functional programmer.
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If you are a programmer, you do not need this for your daily job.
But if you like learning new and explore more - then this book will surely open your eyes on functional programming.
It assumes that you already have some working knowledge of FP - so it won't serve you as a tutorial. But once you started doing some functional programming and want to creat larger apps, you would need to incorporate some data structures and this is the moment where you will find out that there is only one book on functional data structures... It is this one.
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I found that this exposition of data structures nothing short of masterful. Their is no superfluity in this book. Some parts require reading and rereading (sometimes for a few hours or more) so it unlikely to be a short read for most people, but a most rewarding one certainly.

A quantitative background is almost a pre-requisite here, and fluency in elementary data structures mandatory. But there again this is this books audience.

It has no competition but a second edition would be great (and ditch the SML).
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I'm not sure what i got from this book. It would be excellent for a Computer Science undergrad. Previously, I've bought similar books on C# and Java data structures and they helped my programming immensely. Perhaps because it's Haskell focused or that I need to re-read it a further two or three times to really get it. I found it difficult to be engaged by this book.

It is exceptionally well written and authoritative, but because my understanding of Haskell is scant I wouldn't be best placed to judge if it should go up a star to two.
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